Biomedicine as a Cultural Entity (The Biomedical Narrative (Stripping away…
Biomedicine as a Cultural Entity
"Understanding of Death" vs "Understanding of Life"
Classification of the Physical and the "Physicalization" of the socio-cultural and spiritual
Illness is to be treated and "cured"
The Biomedical Narrative
Stripping away of the personal
Isolation of the Disease or Illness
Often effective physical treatment regimens based on experiential evidence
Rituals of Biomedicine
Donning of the White Coat or other medical clothing
Consuming medicine periodically
The Scientific Method
Rapid interchange with other cultures
Connections to Christianity
Dissolution or Weakening of Traditional Healing Forms
acceptance of the inadequate
optimism as a form of healing
"zebras" instead of "horses"
Inclusion of the spiritual and mental wellbeing
taking only what is needed from biomedicine
loss of symbolic value of biomedical figureheads
adoption of biomedical roles, with traditional healing integrated